In November AMD launched the Radeon R9 270, a new graphics card available for around £140. We already tested the cards from MSI and Sapphire and today we take a closer look at the ASUS version of the R9 270 to find out which one is the best out of the three.
The Radeon R9 270 is a graphics card based on the existing Pitcairn GPU used in the Radeon HD 7870, Radeon HD 7850 and Radeon R9 270X. In terms of pricing it's positioned against Nvidia's GeForce GTX 660, but the AMD card is fast or even much faster in most benchmarks, as you can see here. The frametimes are closer together. Since the R9 270 is somewhat cheaper than the GTX 660, AMD definitely offers the most bang for your buck.
The R9 270 card ASUS sent us is a DirectCU II OC model with a proprietary cooler design. It's a relatively modest version of the DirectCU II cooler with two 8mm heatpipes and two 8cm fans. It has a black and red colour scheme.
Like the R9 270 cards from MSI and Sapphire, the ASUS card is overclocked. The stock GPU runs at a standard 925 MHz and hte ASUS card runs at 975 MHz. The 2GB GDDR5 RAM chips have the same clock speed of 1400 MHz.
The ASUS cards has the same monitor connectors as the other two cards: two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort. It's powered by a single PEG6 connector, and there's a Crossfire connector.
The £157 ASUS card is a little more expensive than the MSI card (£142) and the Sapphire card (£145). It's closer to the average price of most GTX 660 cards.